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What do you prefer, 9mm or 40 caliber ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by crazydog, Aug 23, 2006.

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  1. crazydog

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    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
     
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

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    Yes and 45.
    Welcome to THR. For this topic the search function is your friend.
    Leaving open for a little, just to see how some or the debate falls.

    while not your typical 9mm v 45 debate



    KEEP it civil and we can find some good info 9mm vs. 40
     
  3. MCgunner

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    I prefer the 9 in a pocket sized gun. I don't own a .40. I do own a pocket size nine and a full size 9, also a full size .45. I don't have anything against the .40, though, a very good caliber and more power than the 9. I just don't see the need in my collection at this time for a .40. I like some of the little compacts in .40 okay, just ain't into the caliber. I don't feel I need one with my 9s and my .45.

    If I had a .40, though, I'd probably buy a 9 just for the cheap ammo even though I reload. There are a lot of calibers that are fine self defense calibers I don't own and don't really see the need to own, not just .40. .357 Sig, .38 Super, 9mm Mak, etc, etc. I've just settled on the ol' reliables for my primary auto shooting. There really hasn't been much improvement (maybe the 10 is an exception) in auto pistol rounds since the 9mm and .45 were came on the scene, IMHO. Just seems like if those two rounds can't do it, you need a magnum revolver.
     
  4. USMC Tanker

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    I like the 9mm.

    .40 always felt snappy in my hands. 9mm is very manageable, good loads are available, and ammo is always easy to find.

    If I can't have a .45, I'll take the 9mm over the .40.
     
  5. JDGray

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    What MCgunner said:)
     
  6. Oregongundude

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    40. S&W is a little more snappy than the 9mm.

    I don't seem to mind the difference in the recoil of the .40 S&W. I own both and carry both from time to time. The .40 S&W seems more like a 9 mm on anabolic Steriods. I think the .40 S&W is more effective in most cases and it's now my primary carrry handgun.




    :)
     
  7. Geno
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    9mm

    Less recoil, more bullets, better price.

    Doc2005
     
  8. Ala Dan

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    9m/m of course~!

    As has been mentioned:

    a) less recoil, b) more accurate (at least for me), c) I handload for the
    9m/m - but not the .40 S&W~!:cool: :D
     
  9. miko

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    You did not specify the purpose for that gun.

    Most guns that come in 9 also come in .40. You sacrifice a couple of rounds mag capacity - except in municipalities where 10 rounds is the maximum and you sacrifice nothing.

    40 is unquestionably a more capable round for self-defence.

    For target practice 9mm is better. Paper doesn't care if you shoot it with 40, 9 or 22.

    miko
     
  10. enfield

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    .40

    I LIKE snappy!
     
  11. KC&97TA

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    I like the 9mm over the .40S&W, the .40 is a good round, good trade off between the 9mm and .45acp... for what it is worth to me. I had a Ruger P944, in .40S&W, I didn't like haveing 3 different types of ammo around. The 9mm is a gun you can recover from recoil quickly, the .40 isn't too bad on that asspect. But the .45acp has a way of convinceing certain persons to move on, you don't really want to look down the wrong end of a .45acp.

    I do have to recommend if you're looking at 40's to take a gander over to the 10mm. The Glock 20 is a 10mm and it will reliablely chamber and feed .40, it is recommended that you purchase the Glock 22 barrel and swap it out when fireing .40 rounds, then you get 2 guns in one and I really like the 10mm round. I believe there's 1911's you can do the same with.
     
  12. WayneConrad

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    I recommend renting the same gun in both calibers and giving them a test drive.

    The last time sweetie wanted a new pistol, we went to an indoor range that had rentals and tried a few. She liked the Kahr, so tried both the P9 (9mm) and the P40 (same gun, but in 40 S&W).

    It was fun trying the same gun in two calibers. That's a true apples vs. apples comparison.

    For both of us, the 40 was too snappy when compared to the 9. Neither of us liked how long it took us to recover from the recoil and get the sights back on target. For you, who can say? That's why I recommend renting the guns you want to compare.
     
  13. Texshooter

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    9 is a tiff round.
     
  14. Plink

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    I prefer the 9mm because it'll do pretty much anything the .40 will. It'll do it cheaper and with less recoil too. Cheaper means more practice and more practice means better shot placement. Without proper shot placement, it doesn't matter what cartridge is used, it's not going to be very effective.
     
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    40 for winter carry for the pro reasons stated above. It is extremely unlikely that I will need the more rounds more than the stopping power of the 40.
     
  16. 10-Ring

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    I've owned both, but kept my 9's. It's not even the snappiness of the round...I like the snap from 10 mm & 357 sig, I just prefer how much faster I can stay on target using 9mm or my 45's.
     
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    .40 all the way... more effective round ( or so I've read, I've never shot anybody), less risk of over-penetration (again, so I've read, I've never shot anybody), and it's the gun all the rappers are rapping about.;)

    Now, I'm the only person on this thread professional enough to handle a fo-tay... BOOM!:D
     
  18. XDn00b101

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    I'm a big guy, with big hands. I honestly didn't notice the big recoil the peeps claim about the .40. But that was with any of the main calibers, IE: 9mm, .40, .45, .357 sig. They all seem very managable to me. The 9mm feels like a little pop gun:) When I fired my firends Desert Eagle .44 mag, now that was another story!:neener: :what: :D
     
  19. Nitrogen

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    9mm.
    1) 9mm is cheap to practice with
    2) 17+1 rounds in my S&W M&P is more than I (hopefully!) would ever need
     
  20. XDn00b101

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    Too bad I can't have more than 10 round mags:(
     
  21. ugaarguy

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    Where are you located? Hopefully you never need more than 10 rounds, but standard capacity is nice to have. Maybe look into a job or school in a freer state than where you are now?
     
  22. XDn00b101

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    The Peoples Republic of Kalliifornia:(
     
  23. ugaarguy

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    XD, come to Idaho before the liberals from Kali take over. You'd love it here. I was talking to a couple who are new in town, and a sheriff's deputy in the gunshop yesterday who said "I encourage all new Idaho residents to exercise their 2nd amendment rights. We have a very low crime rate because everyone owns guns so there are no easy victims for the criminals."

    On the thread topic I like 9mm for ammo cost, I reload for it like Dan does, and well 9mm and 45 ACP are the calibers I shoot most in autos so I don't need a third primary caliber.
     
  24. weregunner

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    Like the .40.Though like other posters here I use the .45 in winter and the 9mm in summer.Smaller package gunwise in summer.Ve don't have CCW in the Doyle Slick state yet.Carry on own property though.But we have vays of getting it,Yah!? Elections coming up for El Supremo Governor here this year. Auf wieder insane from the sour Kraut. It could have been wurst:scrutiny: :banghead: :eek:
     
  25. PO2Hammer

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    It's about time someone asked that question!
    Seriously though, I honestly like both.
    One week I think the extra power of the fourty is just what the Doctor ordered for non-typical scenarios and animal (dogs, rabid vermin etc..),
    The next week I'm all about the 9mm and accuracy, top quality ammo, etc....
    I finaly realized I had to have both, so I have a heavy .40 P226 ST and a light 9mm P226R Navy.
     
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